BRIMFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Two young children were killed in a head-on collision that closed a state highway through Brimfield Friday night. There were five other victims, all of them suffering very serious injuries.
David Procopio, spokesperson for the Massachusetts State Police, told 22News that a one-and-a-half year-old child and a five year-old child died in the accident, while a third child also suffered serious injuries.
The drivers of both cars, women in their early 20’s, were flown via Life Flight helicopters to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
Brimfield Police Chief Charles Kuss told 22News that there was a total of four children in both cars, all of them under the age of five.
Chief Kuss said both cars were Honda Civics. He told 22News that a gold 2010 Civic driven by a 21-year-old woman from the neighboring town of Holland, crossed the center line and collided with an oncoming black 2010 Civic which was heading west on Rt. 20.
Chief Kuss told 22news that there was also a child under the age of five in the black Civic, which had Connecticut license plates. Chief Kuss said that child in the black Honda was the least seriously injured of all the victims, all of whose injuries he described as “life threatening.”
The owner of the nearby combined Gulf Station/hardware store, Anwar Alfridi, told 22News he heard a loud crash outside and called 9-1-1. “Smoke was coming out from the front of the car, from the hood., said Alfridi, “It seemed to me it was a big accident, but I was not aware that the kids were inside. I found out that inside the car there were small babies, so my heart goes out to those kids.”
A mile-long stretch of route 20 was closed from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday night while the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section (CARS) investigated the crash.
Detectives from the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office are investigating. Chief Kuss said “CPAC,” Crime Prevention and Control State Police investigators were involved.
Chief Kuss told 22News it was one of the worst motor vehicle accident Brimfield police had ever investigated.